You Asked Us (PC) April 1998
by Alan Zisman
(c) 1998. First
published in Computer Player, April 1998
Adam Maybank asked:
I JUST GOT NEW HARD DRIVE ( FUJITSU MPB3021AT
BUT I CAN'T GET IT TO WORK.
THE CMOS SETUP WILL RECOGNIZE THE HARD DRIVE, BUT
THE JUMPER SETTINGS ARE SET FOR PRIMARY SLAVE.
DO YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS?
Alan Zisman replied:
What version of W95 do you have (check by going to
Control Panel, clicking
on System, then General.)
If you have either 'Microsoft Windows 95 4.00.950' or
problem is that those versions only support FAT16 file system, which
only support a maximum of a 2.0 gig drive partition.
In that case, you may want to run the DOS FDISK (you
can do this from
a DOS prompt within Win95), make sure it's set to look at your second
(I think it looks at Drive 0 and Drive 1)... and create new partitions.
Afterwards, you'll have D: and E: hard drive
partitions, and will need
to run DOS FORMAT (FORMAT D: and then FORMAT E: )...
then, Win95 will support your drive.
If you're using WIn95B (4.00.950B), FDISK will let you
switch to FAT32,
and partition the whole drive as a single large partition... you'll
have to format it afterwards... Win 95/95A don't support FAT32.
(And do me a favor-- next time, please turn off
CAPSLOCK... it's the
e-mail equivalent of shouting!)
Sara Craven wondered:
I switched to Win95 a while ago and since I have an
old 486 am running
out of disk space. If I don't use any dos programs is it ok to delete
whole DOS directory? Will windows still work?
Win95 is not dependent on the C:\DOS directory... it
adds its own version
of DOS to a \Windows\Command directory... so yes, you can safely delete
C:\DOS and still even run DOS programs/DOS commands.
Win95 and Win95 programs are very hard drive space
demanding. If you?re
running low on drive space, you may want to look at adding a second
drive (cheaper than ever), or compressing your existing drive with
(included with Win95).
The version of Drvspace included with the original
Win95 can create
compressed partitions as large as 512 meg... in other words, it is only
useful on drive/partitions up to about 350 megs.
DrvSpace 3 is included with the Win95 Plus Pack, or
with Win95B... it
can create compressed partitions as large as 2 gigs.
In either case, it can be accessed from the Start
Robby Dittmann queried:
I've noticed several meg of *.tmp files floating
around my Win95
directory. Can I erase these?
If they don't have today's date, feel free...
Win95 or applications needs to create *.TMP files
during many operations;
if you shut down properly, they should be cleaned up automatically.
system crashes or is turned off without being shut down, they may be
For tidiness sake, you may want to make sure that you
have a folder
they go when created, and that any uncleaned TMP files are
deleted at bootup... you can do that by:
1) Make sure that you have created a folder of your
choice for such
can be named anything, but I'd suggest C:\TEMP or C:\WINDOWS\TEMP
2) Add the following three lines to your boot
SET TEMP = C:\TEMP (or whatever)
SET TMP = C: \TEMP
IF EXIST C:\TEMP\*.TMP DEL C:\TEMP\*.TMP
Leon Van de Veegaete asked:
Can you run a Windows 95 program from a .BAT file ?
Yes... under Win95, batch files can start DOS
programs, Windows programs
(16 bit as well as 32 bit), and (using the START command)
data file types.
The START command can be very handy. The command:
would load the data file Mydoc.doc into Microsoft
Word, for example.(You
can use long filenames as well, by enclosing them in quotation marks:
START ?My long filename.doc? )
As well, using the START command, you can make a batch
file wait until
you quit a program before processing the next line in the batch file.
the START /W parameter).
Note that it's often useful to set the properties for
the batch file
so that it will run minimized, and so that it will close upon exit--
you end up with a terminated DOS window cluttering up your screen when
the batch file is finished.